First 5 Alameda County Hosts First 5 California Commission


We had the honor of hosting the First 5 California Commission on July 26th. Commission Chair George Halvorson opened the meeting with some inspiring remarks about exciting new medical research on epigenetics, stating that “science is proving for us what our hearts already knew.” The meeting featured a presentation by researchers from UCSF’s Center for Disparities in Health on the effects of economic hardship and racism on birth outcomes. Following this eye-opening presentation, Benito Delgado-Olson presented on’s work to meet the concrete needs of low-income families by distributing Baby Hygiene Kits. First 5 Alameda County presented on our programs, including highlights from Quality Counts, Help Me Grow, Neighborhoods Ready for School, and the Fatherhood Strategy.

Read more about the impressive First 5 California Commissioners and their priorities here.


The Alameda County Fathers Corps (ACFC) Celebrated its Five-Year Anniversary

The Alameda County Fathers Corps (ACFC) celebrated its five-year anniversary on June 22nd at the Richard C. Trudeau Conference Center in Oakland. More than 100 people attended the celebration, including public and community-based partners and members of the Fathers Corps Learning Community. In addition to highlighting the Fathers Corps’ work, the event energized attendees to advocate on behalf of fathers and father-figures in Alameda County. The highlight was hearing Fathers Corps members speak in their own words about the transformative power of ACFC in work and family relationships. Al Grimes, Director of the Cuyahoga County Fatherhood Initiative in Ohio, also gave a moving speech about this important work in other parts of the country.


Want to learn more about the Fathers Corps? A new ACFC Five-Year Report gives a picture of Fathers Corps activities and impact. Check out (and adopt!) the Alameda County Father-Friendly Principles. Need positive images of dads interacting with their kids? Check out and use our open source Diversity of Fatherhood Photo Bank.  For more information about the ACFC, please visit our webpage.


Empowering Quality Family Child Care in the Greater Bay Area Conference a Success!


First 5 Alameda County partnered with the Alameda Professional Child Care Association (APCCA) to convene family childcare providers from across the Bay Area for a day of sharing and learning. On June 26th, family child care providers from seven California counties came together in downtown Oakland for APCCA’s Empowering Quality Family Child Care in the Greater Bay Area Conference. The event featured a keynote from Dr. Barbara Stroud and an inspiring message from Bill Hudson, CEO of National Association for Family Child Care. In addition, the conference offered workshops in multiple languages featuring many family child care providers on business, supporting social and emotional development in children, literacy, outdoor learning, the Quality Rating and Improvement System and Help Me Grow. It’s no surprise that 87% of the attendees reported that they will do something differently in their family child care home as a result of what they learned from the event. Congrats to APCCA and all who made this conference possible, especially the generous support of CA First 5 QRIS Region 4. We look forward to convening again on May 18, 2019!


Policy Update

In July, the Alameda County Early Care and Education (ECE) Planning Council endorsed First 5 Alameda County’s Immigration Resolution, and recognized First 5 Alameda County Commission’s leadership in bringing to light how family separation policies have long lasting negative repercussions on young children and their families. The Planning Council also endorsed Senator Feinstein’s S. 3036, the Keep Families Together Act. We’re proud to be a member of a local early childhood system that is speaking out about policies that hurt our families!

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